Grab a Dark&Stormy (rum&ginger beer- quite refreshing!) and grab a seat upstairs by the window for prime people watching on Columbus! Also, this place doesn't serve food but you CAN bring your own in!
Great stop on a SF visit from MPLS. Weird mix of crust punks, bohemians, and popped collar kids. If cabbing it, leave a bit before bar close or else have to compete with the strip clubs kitty corner.
Really neat place to sit and watch the tourists go by. Table service is something you don't usually see at a dive. Cool decorations, like an authentic version of what TGI Fridays wants to be.
Amazing and unique and hums with the beatnik vibe. Loved sitting on the second floor with the windows flung open, people watching (both tourists outside and some rowdy characters inside!)
Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. No matter how many tourists drop in for a pint, it still feels as though it's full of locals. We recommend an Anchor Steam.
Drinks are nothing special, but the atmosphere is very unique. Great for reading and having a drink solo in the afternoon, before it gets busy.
You can really sense the history walking into the bar. I would recommend sitting upstairs and hang out. Cool view of the entire restaurant.
Atmosphere is always great here. Crowded yet cozy place to get away from the tourist traps of North Beach and enjoy a beer.
Bohemian bar next to City Lights Bookstore. Good place to see some of San Francisco's finest characters. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef
Grab an espresso, a classic beat read and people watch from the second floor of one of Jack Kerouac's old haunts.
Grab a table upstairs for a nice view of the bar and the streets below and enjoy a yummy Hendrick's Gin and tonic.
A definite dive bar. I didnt see much of an art, bohemian crowd when I was there but I guess they were there in spirit.
Try the Jack Keroac - The Jack Keroac special drink. Very tasty and a great vibe at this place! #bar #drinks
Probably the best place I've been in Frisco. And it feels sooo beat, if you know what I mean :) come here and enjoy ginger beer and dark rum in one cocktail!
Try the Charlie sheen - shot and two beers (2.5 men) or the Tom Selleck - shot with three beers (3 men and a baby).
Nothing to do with the beats. Don't be a douche and you'll love it. Use a card for two beers and you'll rightly suffer.
Go to Vesuvio Cafe- order a Kerouac (though not too many, they pack a punch) and enjoy the Beat Generation ambiance.
Great spot with an awesome beer selection. Second floor is perfect for small groups or date night!
Old Beatnick hangout next to City Lights Bookstore in North Beach. Have a drink where Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy used to spend their evenings.
Grab a table upstairs. Great views of busy North Beach tourist traffic and pervert men going into nudie bars.
Jack Kerouac's old hangout and right next to City Lights. In the center of the Barbary Coast and SF's. Definitely feels old school and doesn't feel touristy.
Open since 1948, it's where the Beats convened to quench their thirst. The upstairs nook might be the most perfect people-watching in North Beach.
The seat in the upstairs back corner overlooking Columbus is one of the best views in all SF
Our server was very much in a harry and did not help to chose a cocktail. Look it up in advance.
Best bartenders and most interesting crowd (in a good way)
Drink where Kerouac drank. Teetotallers welcome too: decent selection of tea, plus espresso drinks.
Great low-key bar! Cheap and good drinks, good music, and eclectic atmosphere and ambiance
Fun two-story bar with cheap drinks and a great throwback vibe. Nice people watching spot in North Beach.
Get the vodka sweet tea special if they have it. The cirrosis and diabetes will be worth it.
Sit in a booth upstairs. Channel your inner beatnik. Actually probably one of my favorite bars in SF.
A MUST do in SF. So much history and no matter how many tourists pop in it still feels like our favorite local bar. Mmmmm, Anchor Steam.
Must do if you're in SF. Get the "Jack Kerouac" and their Anchor Steam IPA.
Grab a book next door at City Lights and read (and drink) yourself silly.
Hmm not convinced. Feels a bit "cheap", drinks below average. Pilsner Urquell on tap though.
Try the recession special a small glass of beer ad a shot of whiskey for cheap
Love this place for its cheap Happy Hour pitchers and laid-back vibe.
Bring a book and some lunch and sit upstairs to people watch.
This place is rad, and the penultimate dive bar. Protip: sit upstairs
Best bar to take visitors in San Francisco. Real atmosphere.
Jenny is a sweet bartender and knows the city well. Beautiful too.
Joanna is awesone. Loved the Sazerac cocktail!
try and grab a spot upstairs and watch the tourists hang out front.
Great antiquated vintage atmosphere, good drinks.
Very cool place. Came on a busy night and had bad service.
Best bar in SF. Perfect for your most pretentious conversations.
Great atmosphere, great drinks. Doesn't at all feel touristy.
The $8 Dark & Stormy is better than most $10-$12 drinks North Beach.
Go to the second floor, get a window seat and people watch